Archive for August, 2011
All work and no play apparently not only makes Jack a dull boy, it makes him less productive at work as well. A recent on line survey by San Francisco design firm Gensler found that over 65 % of workers feel they are much more efficient when they communicate and collaborate with their colleagues. However, only 30 % said that their workplace promotes interaction with others. The link between informal communication and greater productivity is leading many organizations to rethink their office environments.
Fostering informal communication might be as simple as adding a quiet enclave or two where people can meet and talk or it could be as elaborate and daring as a basketball court or ping-pong table. Before you laugh, remember Google’s first conference table was also a ping-pong table.
If you’re thinking about adding an informal collaboration area in your office, a good place to start might be by asking your team for their ideas. If you balance those ideas with a dose of reality, you should be able to come up with a simple and relatively inexpensive way to create a cool looking area for people to talk and test ideas and that could very well lead to more productivity. At the very least, you’ll have more fun doing it.
Nobody wants to work in a place like Initech. A fun and collaborative space in your office can also be a great recruiting tool and help you attract the kind of high energy, creative people who can help your organization thrive in the new economy.
We love working in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. When we moved here in 2001, we were a little ahead of the dozens of small businesses and art galleries that now call the Crossroads home.
The Crossroads is a perfect fit for Team Office because of the sense of community that’s shared by all the residents and businesses. It’s an eclectic area with older buildings and everyone just seems to be a little friendlier and more relaxed down here. The members of this community go out of their way to support Crossroads businesses which is something I don’t think you’ll find in every area of the Metro. The Crossroads has great energy which makes it a really fun place to work and play.
We love sharing this area with our clients and friends. If you’ve never visited Team Office before, I’d like to invite you to do so soon and you now have another good excuse to come see us. On Monday, August 8, Nica’s 320 will open its doors. Nica’s building is connected to the Team Office showroom.
We’re not only excited to get new neighbors, but we’re also looking forward to having another great new place to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Phil and Bryan have been working hard on remodeling the space (the old Shiraz building) and we hear it’s very cool inside. The 8’ projection screen should come in handy during the basketball season!
Kansas City has a real gem in the Crossroads Arts District. There’s not another place quite like it in the area. Stop by and see us soon and we’ll show you around.